Obituary of Minnie Peterson (Mrs.
Albert Leiff) - 17 Dec 1934 - Big Springs,SD
OBITUARY OF MRS. ALBERT LEIFF, A FORMER RESIDENT OF KIRON
Kiron, Iowa, Dec 17, 1934
The following obituary of Mrs. Albert Leiff is taken from The
Hawarden Independent. Mrs. Leiff, who was born on the old Peter
Nelson farm,3 miles south and 1/2 mile east of Kiron, was well
known here and had many friends here. Alvin, Vernie and Jubel
Winquist and Mrs. V. H. Youngquist were up to see Mrs. Leiff a
few weeks prior to her death.
Mrs. Albert Leiff, who resided several miles southwest of Hawarden,
answered the final summons early Thanksgiving morning, death coming
as a sweet release after many weeks of intense suffering from
cancer. Her marvelous amount of grit and a strong desire to overcome
the malady and be well again kept her up and about so she was
hardly bedfast, but in spite of her courage, the disease finally
won in the struggle for supremacy.
Minnie Peterson was born at Kiron, Iowa, February 16, 1879, and
she passed away November 29, 1934, having attained the age of
55 years, 9 months and 13 days. She spent her early life at Kiron
and in 1907 the family moved to Big Springs community and for
a number of years she resided on the family farm now occupied
by her sister, Sarah, and brothers, Axel and Emil Peterson. On
April 14, 1910, she united with the Big Springs Baptist church
and remained an interested and consecrated member until her death.
On April 23, 1914, she was united in marriage with Albert Leiff
and together they built up and enjoyed the fine farm home now
occupied by the family. She had a fine talent for home-making
and took great pride and joy in keeping it beautiful even up to
the last week of her illness. Though she wanted to get well, she
was resigned to the will of the Heavenly Father, who knew what
was best for her and she was willing and anxious to go to be in
the house where sickness and pain could never again touch her.
The immediate family who are left to mourn are her husband, who
cared so devotedly for her, sparing neither time nor expense in
efforts to improve her health, two nieces, Fern and Florence Peterson,
to whom she had been a real mother, lavishing all the love and
care she would have given children of her own, also Grandma Leiff
and a nephew, Lloyd Johnson, who all will miss the tender ministrations
of the competent hands now stilled in death. She is also survived
by one sister, Sarah Peterson, and three brothers, Axel, Francis,
and Emil Peterson, all of Big Springs, two nieces, Ione and Marilyn
Peterson, and a nephew, Alvin Peterson. Her father, mother, two
brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at the home and at the Big Springs
Baptist church Sunday afternoon. Rev. B. L. Carlton of Worthington,
Minn. in charge. The church was filled with relatives and friends
who came to pay their last respects to the memory of this good
friend and neighbor and loved one. She was laid to rest in the
Big Springs cemetery and although snow may cover the beloved spot,
her memory will be kept green by the good deeds of her life.
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